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These summer bourbon cocktails are bubbly, fruity, and light: just what you need for the season! Try the smash, mule, highball, and more.

Summer bourbon cocktails
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Got bourbon? So many bourbon drinks feel best suited for fall or winter, like the boozy Old Fashioned or Sazerac. But there’s a whole collection of drinks that are light and refreshing. Meet our top summer bourbon cocktails: bubbly, fruity, carefree and perfect for the season! Try the minty smash, a bubbly highball, or a zingy bourbon lemonade. There’s something for everyone!

Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve made over 300 cocktails at home and honed the craft of mixing up bourbon drinks. In the off-season, try our 10 Fall Bourbon Cocktails or these 21 Bourbon Cocktails for anytime.

And now, our top summer bourbon cocktails!

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12 Summer Bourbon Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Bourbon lemonade is a perfect summer drink! Make fresh squeezed lemonade and swirl it with whiskey for a spicy finish.


  • 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup) homemade fresh lemonade
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon*
  • For the garnish: Fresh mint, cocktail cherry


  1. Make the fresh lemonade. (Refrigerate the pitcher for later use, or make the “By the glass” variation.)
  2. In a glass, pour in the lemonade and bourbon. Add ice and garnish with fresh mint and a cocktail cherry. (If you like bubbly drinks, you can always top off with soda water or ginger ale.)


*Want a bigger serving and serve in a highball glass? Use 1 cup lemonade and 2 ounces bourbon.

  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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